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Sunday, August 5, 2018

Fall 2018 Anime Preview:

It's just two months until the fall season saves anime.  What exactly do we have to look forward to?

We may or may not be able to watch Zoku Owarimonogatari, based on whether it's disseminated outside of Japan.  If so that would be huge.  Bakemonogatari is one of the best series ever.

We are getting new SAO, Index and Fairy Tail, all among the best series ever.  So that would be four of the best series in anime all coming out this fall after a far-too-long wait.

Then there's Goblin Slayer and Tensei Slime, which should be good based on their hype.

Gurazeni's coming back for a second cour, so that should be fun.

Shingeki no Kyojin S3 continues in to the fall season.

Bolt, Pretty Cure and One Piece will still be running, for what that's worth.

So best case scenario, that's already 11 series worth watching.

In addition, several more series are worth at least checking out:

Yagate Kimi ni Naru
Ore ga Suki nano wa Imouto dakedo Imouto ja nai
Irozuku Sekai no Ashita kara
Tsurune: Kazemai Koukou Kyuudou-bu
Release the Spyce
Tonari no Kyuuketsuki-san
Anima Yell!
Hangyaku-sei Million Arthur
Himote House
Merc Storia

If at least a couple work out, it will be an above average season in terms of quantity.  The quality, however, is through the roof.  We're talking additional content from the #1, #2, #4, #9 and #14 best anime of all time.  And best of all, most of it will continue straight into 2019, making sure of yet another great year in anime.

When all is said and done, I suspect 2018 will have 22 top ranking franchises that contributed something new to the world.  That's the lowest number since 2006.  But in terms of quality, in terms of the top ten series that came out this year, we won't be lagging.  SAO, Fairy Tail, Index, Zoku Owarimonogatari, Full Metal Panic!, Major 2nd, Ryuuou no Oshigoto! and Death March all made sure of that.

2020 probably won't have any Fairy Tail or SAO to lean on, so it might be in trouble, but for now the state of the anime union is strong.

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